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SLO will consider banning marijuana grows

BY COLIN RIGLEY

In response to citizen complaints about medical marijuana grows in San Luis Obispo, city officials have proposed an ordinance to prohibit cultivation, processing, and distribution within the city limits.

The SLO City Council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance on May 6. Though medical marijuana is allowable under state law, city officials note that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and “recent court decisions have affirmed that cities retain full regulatory authority under their constitutional police powers to prohibit and/or regulate medicinal marijuana related activities and land uses within their jurisdictional limits.”

The proposed ordinance would prohibit cultivation and processing within the city, but still allow “‘primary caregivers’ and ‘qualified patients’ the necessary latitude to access medical marijuana to meet physician recommended medical needs of qualified patients, without threat of enforcement action by the City,” according to a city staff report.